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The sleep of death.

  • Film

About this work


A lavish historical dramatisation of some of the key figures and events involved in the discovery of the cause of African sleeping sickness around the turn of the century, as seen through the eyes of Sir Patrick Manson (1844-1922), founder of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Dr. Louis Sambon (1865-1931). The film includes material from both "The Gambian Case" and "Entebbe Encounter" and was awarded a silver medal at the New York International Film and TV Festival in 1990. With Mark Brackenbury as Sir Patrick Manson and Robert Ashby as Louis Sambon.


United Kingdom : Wellcome Trust Film Unit, 1989.

Physical description

4 film reels (60 mins. each) : sound, color PAL.

Creator/production credits

Made by Wellcome Trust Film Unit. Written and produced by Dr. Billie Williams and directed by Anthony Palmer.

Copyright note

Wellcome Trust.



  • English

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